Going out on a perfectly good boat to fish for sharks may seem like foolishness to some, but a huge thrill for other fishermen. Shark fishing in Panama City Beach, Florida is excellent pretty much year round. You can fish, hook-up and maybe land small and large sharks in many different spots. One of the interesting aspects of this type of fishing in the Panhandle of Florida, is that you can catch sharks from the beach, from a dock and from a boat. Sharks are around most all of the time, even if you do not see them.
If you do not have your own boat and you want to get out into the Gulf of Mexico on a couple of wrecks, you may want to consider hiring a guide or charter boat for the day. A charter boat will have the local expertise to take you right to a prime shark fishing area. If you have your own boat, there are many different fishing spots where sharks will be in the area. One way is to get a few GPS coordinate readings of some of the public reefs and wrecks in the area. Find one and set the boat on anchor just up current from the reef. For this to work the best, it would be a good idea to have some chum available to work up chum slick behind the boat. If you do not have chum, you can catch some bonita, mackerel, ladyfish or other bait fish, cut them up into small pieces and slowly pitch pieces off the back of the boat. Over time your chum slick will get started and you may start to have a few sharks as well. While this is going on, it is also a good idea to put out a couple of fishing rigs. When reef fishing with a chum slick, there is no telling what fish will raise up behind the boat so it is smart to have a variety of tackle, lures and baits ready to go.
Here are a couple of fishing videos to give you an idea of what you are up against when fishing for these prehistoric sea creatures.
Video: Panama City Beach Shark Fishing
When you view this video, you will immediately notice a rather large sized shark. Not quite sure what the fishermen where planning on doing with the green dip net that is also viewable at times, let's hope they did not try to use it on the shark. Nonetheless, the viewing in entertaining and the fishermen surely had a good time. You will notice that they used a simple slip lead, barrel swivel and leader fishing rig, on fairly heavy monofilament leader. This type of fishing for sharks in Panama City Beach, Florida can be accomplished with live baits such as grunts, ruby lips, hard tails and jacks, or you can use dead bait in strips of chunks.
Video: Shark Caught off of Panama City Beach, FL
This video shows a large shark that was caught from a charter fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico.
Video: Hammerhead Shark Right on Panama City Beach
This video shows a large hammerhead shark swimming just beyond many swimmers from the beach. So you do not think sharks are where humans swim?